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City of Novato Community Development
75 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945
The city's Community Development Department, headed by Dave Wallace, oversees planning, building, code enforcement andMore housing within the city limits. Any future commercial development projects must go through a rigorous review by Community Development before they are presented to the Novato City Council for approval. One goal of the department is to make sure future development is consistent with the desires of the community and follows previously approved plans. The city's General Plan is updated by Community Development staff every few years, with input from citizen volunteers, to give the city a target guideline for the future. Incorporated cities must update their General Plans by state law.
Hamilton Pool
203 El Bonito Dr, Novato, CA 94949

This public swimming pool on Novato's south side reopened on Memorial Day weekend 2010 following a somewhatMore controversial $4.5 million renovation. The pool is now a crown jewel of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and uses many high-tech, energy-saving devices, including solar energy panels.

The pool, which was closed for a year, was managed this first season back by the city of San Rafael under a partnership deal between the municipalities. Novato needed to contract for the services because of a lack of city staff, and San Rafael had a successful track record of operating its own pools. It was opened through Labor Day and received strong reviews from the public.

The pool had been built in the 1930s as part of Hamilton Army Air Field, which later became Hamilton Air Force Base. In recent years the Marin County Department of Health restricted the bathhouse use and the pool was leaking. Even in its deteriorating condition, it was seen as an important recreational asset worth preserving by the city. The Novato City Council unanimously approved the renovation plan in 2007 and OK'd the construction bid in February 2009 just as the national economy was tanking and Novato's lack of tax revenue was beginning to create problems. The council cited the low bid—$1 million less than expected—and the historic value of the pool as reasoning for the renovation.

Day-use passes and and season passes are available.